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:: C.S. Lewis
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Nov 29, 1898 - Nov 22, 1963
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C.S. Lewis's quotes
English literary scholar
"Reasoning is never, like poetry, judged from the outside at all."
"Part of every misery is, so to speak, the misery's shadow or reflection: the fact that you don't merely suffer but have to keep on thinking about the fact that you suffer. I not only live each endless day in grief, but live each day thinking about living each day in grief."
"Our passions are not too strong, they are too weak. We are far too easily pleased."
"God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world."
"Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable."
"You don't have a Soul. You are a Soul. You have a body."
"Other than heaven, the only place where one's heart is completely safe from the dangers of love is hell."
"Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person's ultimate good as far as it can be obtained."
"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."
"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else."
"Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours."
"Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man."
"There are no variations except for those who know a norm, and no subtleties for those who have not grasped the obvious."
"The more often a man feels without acting, the less he'll be able to act. And in the long run, the less he'll be able to feel."
"Mortal lovers must not try to remain at the first step; for lasting passion is the dream of a harlot and from it we wake in despair."
"Eros will have naked bodies; Friendship naked personalities."
"If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world."
"It was when I was happiest that I longed most...The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing...to find the place where all the beauty came from."
"There will be two kinds of people in the end: Those that will say to God 'Thy will be done' and those to whom God will say 'Thy will be done.'"
"Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it."
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